|Purred: Mon Feb 18, '08 8:41am PST |
|Shopping in a local pet store, my roommate and I came across a local animal shelter having a cat adoption event. As we walked past the row of cages, one cat caught my roommates eye. She was a very quiet torbie with very red and runny eyes. She had a very sad story. She had been blinded with a herpes infection in her eyes that had not been treated. Then to add insult to injury, her people moved away and just left her alone in the apartment. The rescue organization was contacted, and this precious little girl was taken in and treated. My roommate, Bette wanted her, but it was unrealistic since we already had 8 cats of our own and were fostering 5 cats from another rescue organization. As Bette hugged her she whispered in her ear that some day she would be back for her. Three months later we were down to 2 foster cats and we knew that one of them would be going home soon. I had my reservations about taking in a blind cat. I didn`t know if she could fend for herself with our other 8 and any fosters we might bring into the house. I also knew that she probably would not find another home. Most people want a perfect cat when they adopt one. I told Bette that if the cat was still at the shelter after three months, I would agree to taking her home. When our foster population decreased we went to the shelter....and she was still there, sitting in her cage, waiting for Bette to keep her promise. Once home, we decided to keep her in a cage, since she didn`t know where she was and she had been caged for such a long period of time. We fixed up a large dog crate for her with everything she needed and set it up in the living room. She just sat there. She didn`t groom herself, and probably hadn`t for a while. Her coat felt all thick and dull. She seemed so depressed. Every day we took her out of the cage and loved her....petting her talking to her, kissing her and brushing her. We kept music on all day long for her to stimulate her other senses. We were concerned because she didn`t eat dry food well at all. After a week or so we began leaving the cage door open when we were in the room. She just stayed in the cage where she felt safe. After consulting with 3 vets, we decided that the best course of action was to have her eyes removed and her eyelids sewn shut. Her eyes were always runny, she was always rubbing them as though they irritated her. The vets felt that the reason she wasn`t eating dry food well was because the back of her eyes caused pain when she ate. About 2 days after the eyes were removed we started to see changes in her personality She started eating well, and cautiously coming out of her cage. She would go about 3 feet from the cage, then turn and run back in. She began grooming herself and playing with toys. Now she is just a healthy 7 year old cat who has the run of the house...and can be found just about anywhere. She plays with her toys and some of the other cats just as though she could see. She has brought joy to our lives! Lucy, with my help, has written a poem I would like to end with.
Hello, My name is Lucy, I`m as happy as can be; I`m just the same as other cats, except that I can`t see. I love to run and jump and play, I have my favorite toy; My brothers like to play with me,My life is full of joy. My mommies, how the love me, they tell me every day; How their lives have become fuller since I came to stay. They wish that I could see them, I`ve known this farom the start; I hope that they can understand, I see them with my heart!
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